Headpin loop:

loop on a headpin


Making a loop on a headpin or 'headpin loop' is probably one of the techniques you will use most for making earrings and necklaces. Headpins are sold in different lengths. The most common length to use is 2”(5cm). Some projects though require longer headpins.

What you need:

  • headpins
  • beads of your choice
  • flat or chain nose pliers
  • round nose pliers
  • wire or side cutters
  • safety glasses (optional)

If you are using this technique to make earrings, make both earrings step-by-step together to ensure they are the same length.

Step 1:

Slide the beads onto your headpin in the desired order.

loop on a headpin


Step 2:

Bend the headpin 80 to 90 degrees directly above the bead using your hands.

loop on a headpin


Step 3:

Grip the headpin with your round nose pliers as close to the bead as possible.

loop on a headpin


Step 4:

Start making the loop by bending the headpin CLOCKWISE around the nose of your pliers. You might have to reposition your pliers once or twice.

loop on a headpin


Step 5:

Bend the tail of the headpin until it has formed a complete loop. Remove your pliers.

loop on a headpin


Step 6:

Use your side cutters to cut off the excess wire that does not form part of the loop. Always protect your eyes by using safety glasses when cutting wire.

loop on  a headpin


Step 7:

Sometimes you will need to use your flat or chain nose pliers to make the loop even.

loop on a headpin


Step 8:

Open the loop only a little bit to make a small space where you can insert the next loop or earwire. Do not open the loop too big otherwise the round shape will be distorted.


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